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Coca-Cola’s hot canned shrimp bisque: The newest reason Japanese vending machines are awesome

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Japanese vending machines are awesome at any time of year, but especially so in the winter, when they sell a variety of hot drinks. We’ve spent most of the season fortifying ourselves against the chilly weather by gulping down bottles and cans of hot green tea and coffee, but we recently… Read

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Deep Sea Pudding made in Shizuoka port town is an edible work of art

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A fishing port may not exactly be the first place you’d go looking for gourmet sweets, but Numazu Port, located on Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, is apparently home to some pretty awesome pudding. The port actually boasts a specialty pudding store, the Numazu Deep Sea Pudding Factory (Numazu Shinkai Purin Kobo), which… Read

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Disney sushi? A new way to celebrate Japan’s Girl’s Day/Doll Festival

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The Japanese celebration that takes place on March 3 in Japan goes by many names: Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival, Girl’s Day, the Peach Festival. No matter what you call it though, the way it’s supposed to be celebrated is the same. Families with young daughters set up a display of dolls,… Read

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The Shibuya cafe where talking is banned and classical music is celebrated

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What if I told you there’s a cafe in Shibuya where speaking is forbidden? No soy lattes, no tapioca drinks, no frappuccinos. Instead, you get a menu of kissaten staples: coffees, milk teas, a few juices. And a soundtrack of classical music, played from vinyl via giant, wall-mounted wooden speakers. Photo: Lincoln… Read

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McDonald’s Japan brings back KitKat McFlurry

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When questionably named Adult Cream Pies aren't raising eyebrows, McDonald's Japan's dessert section is often dominated by a variety of seasonal releases that include Pikachu, Gudetama, and golden mochi custard McFlurry varieties. Their latest McFlurry release is actually the revival of an old favorite--the KitKat McFlurry, which was debuted 7 years ago. McDonald's Japan notes it as one… Read

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New no-bake butter cake is as buttery as it gets

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Tokyo butter specialist and bakery Canoble brands many of their sweets and goods as "edible butter", often because of the appearance of their goods and the high quality flavored butters they make (you may remember that they delivered a refreshing breakfast game changer with mint chocolate butter). It appears that their… Read

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Domino’s Japan hiring CCO (Chief Cheese Officer) to be paid ¥1 mil for one day

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It's a wonderful time to be a cheese-lover in Japan. With everything from raclette cascades poured over your food and "cheese tea" foam topping up boba tea drinks, Japan's love affair with cheese is in full swing. Domino's Japan is loving every minute of it, playing up the cheese factor… Read

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Matcha gelato makers revamp world’s richest green tea chocolate for ‘Premium’ set

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Nanaya, a Japanese ice cream shop which has branches in Shizuoka and Tokyo, claims to be the home of the richest matcha gelato in the world. It’s a favorite of both locals and tourists looking for a potent green tea experience. Photo: grape Japan The name Nanaya is a reference… Read

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Chocolate Ramen is back at chain restaurant Korakuen, with a new friend: White Chocolate Ramen

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It's February, and you know what that means: Everything is chocolate-flavored, and that includes even ramen! Ramen restaurant chain Korakuen will be bringing back their popular Chocolate Ramen, along with a new variety of White Chocolate Ramen, to celebrate this Valentine’s Day season. Though Korakuen isn’t the first to sell either chocolate or white… Read

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Japan opens its first-ever drive-thru boba tea shop in Shiga Prefecture

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If you were asked to think of examples of drive-thru shops and what they usually have for sale, the first thing that’ll probably pop into your head is the typical drive-thru fast food restaurant that sells things like hamburgers and fries. What probably won’t pop into your mind is boba… Read

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